The World Series is underway and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are asking Major League Baseball to do one thing: change the term ‘bullpen’ to ‘arm barn’.
In a press release issued Thursday, PETA called on the MLB to get rid of the ‘outdated’ name and change it to a suggestion that is more “animal-friendly.”
“Words matter, and baseball ‘bullpens’ devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in the release. “PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, announcers, players, and fans to changeup their language and embrace the ‘arm barn’ instead.”
PETA said the “bullpen” references where bulls are kept before they are slaughtered. In the MLB, the term is where relief pitchers warm up before the game.
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Changing the name to ‘arm barn’ in light of cruelty to cows did not go over well with some social media users, while others like the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Ranger pitcher Taylor Hearn joined in on the fun.
Despite the memes and jokes created about the ‘arm barn,’ PETA tweeted the MLB should liberate its language and do better.
“Switching to arm barn’ would be a home run for baseball fans, players, and animals,” PETA said.
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